|Bayview station main entrance pavilion|
But I guess I don’t mind.
|Anamorphic images decorate Bayview’s interior surfaces, coming to life when seen from the correct angle|
Bayview features the playful artwork of Panya Clark Espinal. Her installation, From Here Right Now, consists of 24 everyday objects projected onto the station surfaces using waterjet-cut porcelain tile and custom terrazzo. The drawings appear distorted from most angles, spilling over corners and floors, but ‘pop’ into satisfying proportionality when observed from the right perspective, an optical effect known as anamorphosis.
|Apple slice, anyone?|
From Here Right Now is a largely successful piece of public art. Even though the hand-drawn images are cheap-looking and simplistic, I was thoroughly engaged as I moved through the facility squinting, squatting, and stretching while trying to puzzle out the viewing angle to reconstitute each particular projection. A sense of exploration and viewer interaction pervades the station as a result.
That is to say, even though I don’t like the art, I do like the art.
Espinal also won the commission for the new Downsview Park station on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension; I look forward to seeing what she comes up with when that line (eventually) opens.
|Whole lotta empty space at Bayview|
|Just a few short flights of stairs...|
Opened on November 24, 2002 as part of the Sheppard line, the station was designed by Stevens Group Architects. It notably lacks a direct connection to the Bayview Village mall, whose commercial owners infamously resisted a direct connection to the subway, claiming that their target demographic wouldn’t travel there by transit. Fair enough, but still a moronically insular perspective.
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|Bayview station transfer|
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